Current MA and PhD Students

The following are select sociology graduate degree candidates.


Jason Mark Alexander, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Jason Mark Alexander

Email: jasonma@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Anti-Racism Movements, Borders, Communities of Care, Displacement, Glocal Inequalities, Human Mobilities, Japan & South-East Asia, NGO Engagement

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Jake Atienza, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Jake Atienza

Email: ajha@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Power, Political Dynasties, Colonialism, Mining, Political Ecology, Natural Resources, Qualitative Methods, Video/Sound as Evidence

Advisor: Sun-Ki Chai

Omar Bird, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Omar Bird

Email: birdo@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Social Determinants of Health, Stress and Mental Health, Racism and Institutions, Intersectional Life Course Analysis, Research Methods

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Penny-Bee Kapilialoha Bovard, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Penny-Bee Kapilialoha Bovard

Email: pennybee@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Feminist and Oceanic Pedagogies and Methodologies. Sociology of Gender and Sport. Feminist Criminology

Advisor: Katherine Irwin

Austin (Keaupuni) Davis, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Austin (Keaupuni) Davis

Email: davisaus@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Hawaiian Sociology, Indigenous Paradigm, Argo-food Systems, Sts Studies, Asia-pacific Relations, Mixed Methods

Advisor: Aya Kimura

Samantha DeLine, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Samantha DeLine

Email: sdeline@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Military Sociology, Sociology of Health and Healthcare, Qualitative methods, Stigma and Mental Health

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Philipp Dembicki, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Philipp Dembicki

Email: pdembick@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Crime, Migration, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Rachel Engel, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Rachel Engel

Email: rengel@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Race, Ethnicity, Colorism, Southeast Asia

Advisor: Jennifer Darrah

Christielove Espinosa, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Christielove Espinosa

Email: ckee@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Indigenous Sociology, Intersectionality, Sociology of Education, Class Conflict and Inequalities

Advisor: Jennifer Darrah

Bryanna Fong, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Bryanna Fong

Email: bryannaf@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Colonial Mentality, Psychosocial Effects of Colonialism and Imperialism, Pilipinx Diaspora, Decolonization

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Rumika Hillyer, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Rumika Hillyer

Email: rumika@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Migration, Food, Transnational Families, Japanese-Brazilian

Advisor: Patricia Steinhoff

Carly Ishihara, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Carly Ishihara

Email: cishi@hawaii.edu

Program: MA

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Mental Health, Generational Trauma, Asia-Pacific, Intersectionality

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Brent Jordan-Jornada, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Brent Jordan-Jornada

Email: brentdj@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sexuality, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Hispano Culture, Asian-pacific Culture, Cyberspaces, Aesthetics, Marketing, Behavioral Economics

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Alexandra Kisitu, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Alexandra Kisitu

Email: kisitu@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Health Lifestyles, Childbirth, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Hawaii-Based Issues Around Midwifery

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Ellen Meiser, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Ellen Meiser

Email: emeiser@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Social Psychology, Emotions, Identity, Public Sociology, and Criminology

Advisor: David Johnson

Morsaline Mojid, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Morsaline Mojid

Email: morsalin@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sociology of Migration, Refugee Studies, Race and Ethnic Relations, Race and Immigration, Nationalism

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Nathalie Rita, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Nathalie Rita

Email: nprita@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Migration and Mobility Studies, Global and Transnational Sociology, Race and Racism

Advisor: Nandita Sharma

Laura Rouse, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Laura Rouse

Email: lmrouse@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Feminist Criminology, Deviance, Juvenile Justice, Institutional Power and Abuse

Advisor: Ashley Rubin

Keith-Scott

Keith Scott

Email: keithgs@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Multiculturalism, Race and Racism, Ethnic Nationalism, Neoliberalism and Inequality, Social Movements, Korea and East Asia

Advisor: Patricia Steinhoff

Aya Shirayama, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Aya Shirayama

Email: ayashira@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Ethnic Identity, Diaspora, Okinawans, Japanese Americans, Asia-Pacific

Advisor: Jennifer Darrah

Yusuke-Tsukada, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Yusuke Tsukada

Email: yusukets@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sociology of Education, Sociology of Work, Sociology of Mental Health, Sociology of Teaching, Japan, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Krysia Mossakowski

Margaret (Margie) Walkover, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Margaret (Margie) Walkover

Email: walkover@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Sociology of Knowledge, Public Sociology, Complexity, Globalization, Climate Change, Population Health, Mental Health/Substance Use, Community Resilience

Advisor: Manfred Steger

Mark Willingham, Jr, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Mark Willingham, Jr

Email: mlw237@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, Community-Based Participatory Research, Public Health, Criminology

Advisor: Wei Zhang

Keqing-Zhang, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Keqing Zhang

Email: keqingzh@hawaii.edu

Program: PhD

Research Interests: Medical Sociology, Aging and Life Course, Asian American Studies, Quantitative Methods

Advisor: Wei Zhang